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Does Covid 19 Cause Hair Loss?

Hair Loss Treatment

By Emel Gerdaneri • Medical review by Emphair Hair Transplant

Does Covid 19 Cause Hair Loss?

During the last year, we blamed many diseases and negative situations on the corona virus.

However, in some studies, it has been revealed that people experience a high rate of hair loss as a truly unexpected side effect of COVID-19.

Emphair Hair Transplantation Center explains the connection between Covid 19 and hair loss:
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“Yes, this research was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and said there was a 400% increase in telogen effluvium cases.

But there is no data to show that COVID-19 does anything to hair follicles.

The Stress We Experience To Blame

covid stresThe stress that comes with the culprit COVID. Stress damages hormones that help regulate the hair growth cycle.

We all shed some hair every day, we find it normal to lose 70-80 hairs per day. It becomes a problem when you lose more.

It Starts To Shed 3 or 4 Months After Stress

hair loss and stressTypically, about 90% of the hair is in the growth phase and only 10% is in the shedding phase. However, this rate can change under stress.

The amount of hair shedding can even exceed the amount of hair growing. That's when we really start to notice that our hair is falling out more.

Another remarkable thing about stress-related hair loss is timing; Hair loss does not occur immediately after a stressful event. This takes about three to four months to manifest.

Genetics Matter

hairGenetics is also an important factor in hair loss. Generally, those with coarser, tangled, curlier and drier hair experience more hair loss. This was also the case during the Covid period.

We know that our foreign patients, for example African American hair, have a biologically different growth cycle. African Americans naturally lose more hair in a shorter period of time compared to Asians.

Traction Alopecia

alopesiAlso, your hairstyle habits are another potential factor.

Hair loss caused by pulling the hair of models such as tight braids, wigs and braids, which we call traction alopecia, is extremely common and also fuels stress-related hair loss.

Similarly, many people rely on professionals to care for and style their hair; With salons closed during the pandemic, many people did the wrong thing or neglected their hair completely.

All of these also exacerbated stress-related hair loss.

Here is the Good News

healty hairIf your excessive hair loss is actually just caused by stress, that is, there is no underlying problem such as disease or genetics, the condition will eventually resolve on its own.

It may take two to three months after the stress subsides, but eventually the growth cycle will return to normal and the hair will start to grow back."


Written on 12/04/2022

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Last Update: 29/06/2022

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